Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To Liberty High School for relaunching, after a 10-year hiatus, its theater program with performances of “Little Shop of Horrors.” The theater program officially restarted last school year but was forced to call it quits early due to the state’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order. Now graduates who missed out last year are able to participate this year. Social distancing guidelines are being utilized again this year.
• ONION: To voters who improperly cast 374 late or provisional ballots that were invalidated by the Trumbull County Board of Elections. Among them were ballots from 16 people who voted at the board’s early voting center and then voted by mail, and 25 more who voted either at the center or by mail and then went to their polling location to vote again. About 186 provisional ballots were also rejected because the voters weren’t registered. Some additional ballots were rejected for other reasons. The Trumbull County Board of Elections recently flagged these ballots and invalidated them, along with some that had other problems. Let’s hope the unregistered voters learned from their mistakes and have now gotten registered for future elections.
• ORCHID: However, to the Trumbull County Board of Elections for catching the errors. This is the way election checks and balances are supposed to work.
• ORCHID: To U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio for donating a $1,200 stipend he received from Janssen-Johnson & Johnson for participating in a COVID-19 vaccine trial to United Way of Central Ohio’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund, helping Ohio nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.
• ORCHID: To Youngstown State University students from Trumbull and Mahoning counties who this week began planting some 2,000 new seedling trees near campus. It’s all part of the YSU Legacy Forest Program that will have a tree planted for every freshman coming into the university. Lauren Schroeder, a YSU emeritus professor who taught environmental science, began discussing this project more than a year ago. Colleen McLean, a YSU associate professor, encouraged her students to become involved. It’s hoped to engage students in climate mitigation and in improving the environment.